We all dream at night. Sometimes we remember them,, sometimes we forget them. Sometimes we have happy dreams, and sometimes we have nightmares. Sometimes we have realistic dreams and sometimes we have unrealistic dreams. Sometimes our dreams are so realistic that they feel like it just happened and sometimes those unrealistic dreams are just off the wall, bonkers. But regardless of the dream we have, do they mean anything? If you read the book Daniel in the bible, dreams could mean something right? Can dreams tell you about the future, a warning, or maybe nothing at all? Or is it that some dreams mean something and other dreams are just meaningless.
So, I had a dream last night and it was one of those weird dreams. Let me tell you about it. But first a little background story about myself.
Some people know this, but other’s don’t. I am a huge UFC fan. I really enjoy it, a lot. Also I like listening to Joe Rogen’s pod cast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” I have to tell you this before I tell you my dream, or it might not make any sense.
Also, readers, you need to know (to understand my dream) Joe Rogan is also a commentator in the UFC. Dana White is the president of the UFC.
Ok, let’s begin with my dream. In my dream I find myself on a stage surrounded by a ton of people. We are having a good time and I don’t see any recognizable faces. Suddenily, a man grabs my arm and says, “You have to come with me, Dana White needs to talk to you.” I go, as if, in my dream, I know Dana White.” So then I see Dana White, and he looks serious. Dana White tells me, “Hey man, listen, I just heard that Joe Rogan is COVID positive. So that means you have to quarantine for two weeks since you had had close contact with him recently.” In my dream, I was shocked, not shocked that I knew Dana White or Joe Rogan, but shocked that I could have COVID-19. Then I felt angry at Joe Rogan. Then I wondered how this will effect my family, my church, and my friends. Now continuing in the dream, I am worried about what symptoms I am going to get, and as I get ready to quarantine, I see Joe Rogan chatting with some guys. I couldn’t believe he isn’t quarantining himself. I was furious. I decided I would confront Joe Rogan, and then I woke up from my dream. I woke up still angry at Joe Rogan. Until I realized everything was just a dream.
Yeah, pretty weird dream. But all the elements in the dream made sense to who I am and what I have been feeling. Every time my children go to school, I fear how safe they are from COVID-19. Every now and then we get emails telling us that a child in the school was COVID-19 positive and all the direct contact people have been notified and are quarantined. So far, my children have stayed safe, thank God! So the dream obviously had my worries about COVID included in what I feel and experience daily nowadays. Also the dream included my love for the UFC and Joe Rogan Experience. But does this dream mean anything?
Is this dream supposed to be a warning? That warning be stay away from Joe Rogan if you see him? No. Is it telling me that my children or myself or Eunkyung will get COVID? No. I don’t think this dream is telling about the future at all. However, in Korean culture, if you see a famous person in your dream, doesn’t matter the context of the dream, it means you will have good luck coming your way. That’s kinda cool to think about, and I saw two famous people… oh yeah, double the luck!
But I do think that this dream and maybe most or some dreams may tell us how we are feeling. I think it interprets our consciousness into certain pictures. It is obvious that COVID has been part of all of our lives for a very long time. It affects all of us and even at times worries us. But what good is it to fear? We can be precautious, but we don’t have to fear or worry. I shouldn’t let me fears get to the best of me and I think after thinking about this dream, I think I shouldn’t fear any of this. The dream was ridiculous and well sometimes what we worry about can be so consuming that it debilitates us and makes us powerless, that too is ridiculous.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).